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THE ROCK FATHER is a 2014 PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)Earlier today, my friends as PBS KIDS launched a revolutionary, first-of-it's-kind App that gives parents a "super power" - the power to see what their kids are watching, learning and playing on pbskids.org, and to help parents guide and maximize their kids' PBS KIDS screen time. Get ready for imitators, because this is pretty cool...

PBS KIDS VIPWhile Monday, September 2nd is Labor Day here in the 'States, it's "Neighbor Day" for the residents of DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD on PBS KIDS. In this new, half-hour episode, "Daniel learns how good it feels to be neighborly and that one kind act can lead to many. His first good deed starts a chain reaction of kindness all around the Neighborhood, culminating with the declaration of 'Neighbor Day'!" It's also a "Musical Event," and you can check out a preview below...

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PBS KIDS VIPIf you're reading this midday on May 13, 2013... just know that I'm currently sitting in the aisle seat of a Boeing 737 en route to Miami. Thanks to internet magic, The Rock Father website continues posting new content even when I'm away, and that's just another example of technology at it's finest. This week's adventure is taking me to the PBS Annual Meeting. It's my first trip 'as' "The Rock Father" - and only the third time since becoming a parent nearly four years ago that I've actually gone away on business... or been away from my family.

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Next week, the long-running children's series, ARTHUR, kicks off it's spring season with a full week of new episodes on PBS KIDS. Among the 10 new episodes are two devoted to the always-important subject of "bullying," with "The Last Tough Customer" airing Monday, May 6, and "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh" airing on Friday, May 10. Details on all the new episodes and a preview can be viewed below.

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I hate this. Exactly four months ago today, I posted an entry dedicated to those that perished at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Yesterday, on the exact day that my youngest daughter turned 10 months old, yet another horrifically violent act of terror has taken place in our Nation. Whatever you want to call it - "The Boston Marathon Massacre," "The Boston Bombing," etc. - the traditional news media was quick to hit After Effects to whip-up some fancy graphics to pair with dramatic stock music to aid in feasting upon the carnage. As with any disaster, the "news" spread swiftly, filled with lies, speculation, and outright fabrication - our favorite social networks working overtime to keep delivering a heavy dose of garbage. And, like Sandy Hook, Twitter and Facebook users were quick to start sharing an image of a boy (and one of a girl) supposedly killed in Boston, easily inspiring the mindless masses to hit the "Retweet" and "Share" buttons without checking facts (or at least blatant details).   As a wise man once said, "Who's the more foolish... the fool, or the fool who follows him?"

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The folks over at PBS KIDS have just launched PBS Parents Play & Learn, their first app designed specifically for parents to help them build early math and literacy skills for children 4 and under. The bilingual (English/Spanish) app breaks activities into three stages - baby, toddler and preschool - with 13 games and 52 hands-on activities for parents and kids to enjoy together.